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Development of Provisional Criteria for the Study of Scientific Creativity GREB

Evans, Franklin R.; Frederiksen, Norman O.; Ward, William C.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Graduate Record Examinations Board, College Students, Creativity, Creativity Tests, Research Skills, Scientific Concepts


A test of one aspect of scientific creativity, the ability to formulate hypotheses to account for research findings, and given to 400 college students, along with ability and personality measures. Scores for quantity and quality of hypotheses were reliable and showed evidence of construct validity. Both quantity and quality feedback had their major effect on the quantity of ideas. Development of measures of other aspects of the research enterprise is underway, intended to lead to a set of criterion measures to be used in basic studies of scientific creativity and potentially in the selection and training of creative scientists.

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